Overdue books? Not a problem

Published 9:31 am Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Got overdue library materials?

This is your chance to get them turned in without being penalized.

In recognition of National Library Week, Blackwater Regional Library through Saturday, April 16, will waive fines for anyone who returns overdue books and other items to its libraries in Franklin, Courtland, Windsor, Claremont, Smithfield, Surry, Wakefield and Waverly.

This is something the library does every year. No questions asked. They just want their books, DVDs, tapes and magazines back so others can use them.

During last year’s Fine Free Week, 1,371 items were returned to the nine branches. The oldest item returned was checked out in 2003.

Normally, fines are 10 cents per day for overdue books and materials in the adult and young adult collections and 5 cents per day for books and materials in children’s collections.

Patrons can sign out a book for two weeks and renew it three times as long as no one is waiting for the book. Renewal can be done in person, by phone or online.

So look under your beds, couches and car seats for any library item you may have failed to return. If you signed a book out in Courtland, and it’s easier to return it to the library in Franklin, feel free. It will be returned to its proper place.